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CREATING POSSIBILITIES THEN & NOW! DREF Celebrates 50 Years of Giving DREF leaders thank company representative for donating 2018 TOYOTA Camry to benefit DREF. PICTURED (L – R): Soror Carolyn Lewis, president of DREF; Alva Adams Mason, director of multicultural dealer relations and strategies at TOYOTA; and Soror Patricia Lattimore, CEO of DREF. PHOTO BY LE’RAY CRUSE CRAIG Winter 2017 s55 JOURNAL BY DEBORAH PEAKS COLEMAN The Delta Research and Educational Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary at the 53rd National Convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with a Golden Anniversary Concert, featuring Kim Jordan and Company as they presented a soul-stirring, multi-media tribute to music icon and spoken word genius Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011). “We have reached this milestone year, thanks to you – our key stakeholders,” said Carolyn E. Lewis, DREF president, when addressing supporters at the concert held in Las Vegas this past August. “We have reached 50 years of creating possibilities and improving the lives of African-American women. Thanks to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for establishing DREF as a 501 (c) (3) organization in 1967.” Lewis also extended appreciation to the concert attendees and the event sponsors, which included the following signature sponsors: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., TOYOTA, MGM Grand and Namaste Laboratories, LLC. At the concert, the director of multicultural dealer relations and strategies at TOYOTA, Alva Adams Mason, extended celebratory greetings and announced a major anniversary gift to benefit DREF – a 2018 TOYOTA Camry. Suzzanne Douglas Cobb, actress, singer, and Honorary Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, served as the mistress of ceremonies, and joined Kim Jordan and Company when they performed Gil Scott-Heron’s classic recording, “The Revolution Will Not be Televised.” The band brought the audience to its feet when it performed this number and other upbeat selections from Heron’s repertoire, such as “The Bottle;” other hit recordings by Scott-Heron include “Pieces of A Man,” “Winter in America,” “H20 Blues,” “I’ll Take Care of You,” and other timeless soul, jazz, and poetic songs. Soror Jordan served as musical director of the Gil Scott-Heron band for nearly 30 years as they traveled the world to perform. Guests shared their thoughts about being a part of the Foundation’s Golden Anniversary celebration. “It was a class act from beginning to end,” expressed Soror Doris Gray Brown, Louisiana State Coordinator, who was also an event sponsor. She added: “The delicious cake and champagne added to the festivities along with the music – everything was fabulous.” Soror Brown was an individual sponsor and she also led her state in being a concert event sponsor. “We felt the need to support DREF in every endeavor because of its programs and its role, especially when it comes to Disaster Relief efforts. Sorors should take advantage of supporting our Foundation, it is a great resource,” stated Soror Brown. “The concert was definitely worth more than the price of admission. What a wonderful evening of entertainment,” said DREF supporter, Sheila Eley of Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. “I am glad that I made a donation to support the Delta Members of the DMV sponsorship.” During the program portion of the concert celebration the DREF GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION


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